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Ag Day Minute: ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour, industrial hemp

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The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour was racing through Iowa on Wednesday. Scouts canvassed one of the top corn and soybean-growing states in the country, checking for yield potential. The results from Indiana and Nebraska are out. In Indiana, scouts called for corn yields of 161.46 bushels per acre. Much lower than the past three years.

Checking Nebraska's crop, scouts found an average yield of 172.55 bushels per acre. That's the best yields on the tour so far.

Soybeans in Indiana averaged 923.94 pods in a 3 by 3 square. Far below the three year average.

Nebraska beans came in at 1210.83 pods. That's only slightly below the three-year average.

There is some movement from the EPA in regard to industrial hemp. The EPA announced it has received 10-pesticide applications to use on hemp. The agency says it will have a 30-day public comment period on the products. Leaders say they are taking these steps in order to register crop protection tools for use in time for next year's growing season.

US and Japanese trade negotiators are meeting in Washington. Many hope a deal will involve Japan further opening up its agricultural market to American goods in exchange for some cuts to US industrial tariffs.

Japan is hoping for the final text of a deal by September.

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